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    It seems to be taking forever to open but its slowly making progress. Here it is today.

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    wish i never lost mine.....very cool....
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    I think mine must like the cooler weather because both pots have several new shoots - maybe I'll get a flower in a year or so ...

    For some more info on this cool species, here's some habitat info compliments of Fernando Rivadavia (scroll down & I like to set the zoom at 125).
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    The last 2 days its started opening up, its about 95% open now. The left petal is still not completely there yet. The flower seemed so delicate while I was moving it around.

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    i command you to pollinate the heck out of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RSS View Post
    The last 2 days its started opening up, its about 95% open now.
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    While we wait for another pic of RSS's flower...
    Quote Originally Posted by moof View Post
    But I just can't get the watering of U.geminiloba right. This utric has been always one of the most demanding for me, what are your conditions?
    How long have you been growing it and what size are the leaves? (pics??)

    As i mentioned above, I only received mine a few months ago and split it into two piece upon arrival. Initially they both grew just a little. About a month or so ago, the one in LFS started to grow more aggressively and about 2 weeks ago, the other got jealous and has been trying to catch up. Around 1-1.5 months ago, I started to spray the inside of the tank with a fine mist to increase the humidity in the AM, soon after the lights come on (for all the plants in the 75 gal tank) but when I'm done spraying the mist, I also soak the top of both pots of U. geminiloba. Having read that it's a lithophyte, this seemed like a good idea (or so I rationalized). This timing also roughly coincided with temps in the area (& my basement) dropping. So, take this fwiw - the add'l watering may be a fluke or it might be helping them - time will tell. In general, I feel that these plants are similar to the petiolaris complex in that it takes a few seasons to get a handle on their idiosyncrasies and see them through dormancies & flowering.

    In addition to RSS's conditions above, another grower of this plant recently told me in an email that he grows it in "mostly loose LFS with some chunky perlite" in a section of his greenhouse that gets watered frequently (every 1 or 2 days).

    In the 1st post in the Orchidioides discussion thread (under Travelogues), there is a link to Fernando's quest to find flowering U. geminiloba. In that article he shares multiple observations of how he found it growing in it's habitat - very interesting.
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